We are now just a few weeks away from the shortest day of the year, so it is a good time to take a moment and consider the dramatic seasonal shifts we’ve seen in the Northwest recently. Just eight weeks ago the high was 85° and we were all happily enjoying the last days of a wonderfully warm summer. Five weeks later and we Bridgetowners were trying to justify staying in bed all morning because it was below freezing outside.
The days are shorter now and yet, out of necessity, most of us don’t take the time to slow down to match the pace of Old Man Winter. In the Taoist tradition, as in nature, winter is a time for rest and nourishment. It is the time of year when we are meant to nurture our bodies & minds, sleep a little longer, eat a little more nourishing food, and rest up for the adventures that await us in the coming spring & summer.
As we approach the winter solstice here in Portland, I encourage you to take a few extra moments for yourself to slow down and tune into your body and the winter season. Take a moment to do some abdominal breathing when you wake up in the morning and before bedtime, bundle up and take a stroll around your neighborhood and notice the sounds and smells of winter, sit and listen to your loved ones as they tell you about their day. Whether it is through cooking a hearty stew, sleeping a little longer each night, or getting acupuncture or massage, I hope you treat yourself to some silence and reflection in these wintery days.
If you could use a little seasonal support, All and One Acupuncture in NE Portland is here to help with your healthcare needs.